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PostSubject: Military Charities   Military Charities Icon_minitimeWed Sep 10, 2008 4:44 pm

There are a lot of soldiers out there that need our support, as well as military families in need. Here is a list of military charities and what exactly they do. To donate to any of the charities listed below, just go to the USAA America United- In Support of Our Troops website and click on the Donate button underneath the charity you wish to give to.

Americans Supporting Americans
-By coordinating with both civic and community groups, ASA facilitates "adoptions" between towns, cities, or counties and individual military units throughout the country. The ASA Foster-A-Unit Program provides the opportunity for business and organizations
not involved in the Adopt-a-Unit Program to support the morale of troops serving in military units both at home and overseas while they wait for adoption through the ASA Adopt-a-Unit Program.

America United: In Support of Our Troops Foundation
-This charity collects funds on behalf of numerous organizations that provide benefits for the troops and military families. A diverse panel of top ranking retired military leaders will distribute the funds to a variety of worthy non-profit organizations (based on an evaluation of current needs).

-A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America's armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation's citizens and veterans alike.

Armed Services YMCA
-The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a national member association of the YMCA of the USA and works with the Department of Defense. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the ASYMCA has provided support services to military service members and their families for more than 140 years, particularly focused on junior-enlisted men and women - the individuals on the front lines defending our nation and their families. ASYMCA offers essential programs such as childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services, and holiday meals.

Armor 4 Troops Foundation
-The primary mission of the ARMOR 4 TROOPS FOUNDATION is to provide new and replacement "state-of-the-art" protective eyewear, Under-Armour, multi-function tools, compressed rubber boot pads, knee & elbow protective pads, anti-bacterial clothing, personal gear, and other critical equipment and services directly to United States troops in the field that are currently engaged in war zones or other peacekeeping and humanitarian missions throughout the world where combat violence is a threat. We are all retired military members who volunteer our time and efforts and receive no compensation. We are Military Helping Military.

Give a Vet a Chance
-Small businesses are the fabric that bonds communities. Some of our troops lost their businesses due to recent deployments, and some have the desire to start their own small business. By providing these men and women with free advice and counseling, we can all help them succeed in life, and help them and their families live the American Dream that they unselfishly protected for all of us. Our organization also provides business start up classes, webcasts, free online advertising and exposure, and networking avenues for them for free

Heroes at Home
-Heroes at Home is a program Sears Holdings has created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. Rebuilding Together, the nation's largest all volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements. By providing necessary repairs or adaptations to homes, Sears Holdings strives to improve the lives of military families across America. Heroes at Home is one of the many initiatives Donate to Heroes at Home through which Sears Holdings acknowledges the sacrifice made by our troops every day in the line of duty, while supporting and honoring those heroes who remain at home.

LOOC Foundation
-Bringing attention and focus to these warriors through a documentary film, photo exhibit and book, The LOOC Foundation has created a unique fundraising project benefiting "Freedom Is Not Free," a 3 organization that provides aid to wounded service members, their families, and the families of the fatally wounded. Some of the programs helping our wounded are:
Emergency Fund - Established to provide a rapid financial response to immediate and urgent needs, including funds to cover such expenses as utilities, rent or mortgage payments, automobile payments and even food.
Gold Star Champions Camps - The FREEDOM IS NOT FREE Sports, Education and Life Enrichment Youth Camp program is a three day camp being developed with specialists and first rate sports and fitness experts. Its aim is to provide the children of fallen or wounded service-members with a unique and fun experience with their peers while addressing their special circumstances and needs.

Our Military Kids
-Our Military Kids provides tangible support to the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country.

Operation Homefront
-Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront provides aid to families struggling not only with emergencies, but also with the problems of everyday life. Existing programs include:
* Emergency Aid - Provides food, baby care items, vehicle donation and repair.
* Computer Program - Allows children and spouses to stay in touch with their loved ones.
* Financial Assistance Program - Addresses crises such as illness, homelessness and death.
* Furniture Program - Donates household and baby furniture; working-order appliances.
* Moving - Provides physical labor for families when a service member is deployed.
* Social Outreach - Offers Adopt-a-family opportunities, Thanksgiving/holiday baskets, back-to-school supplies.
* Community - Rebuilds the challenged social network of the military community by bringing it online to CinCHouse where it is convenient to everyone, no matter the time or location.

The Courage Community
-The Courage Community is a cause-related social networking community featuring exclusive web seminars, which provide valuable information addressing the emergent needs of our veterans. Led by nationally renown experts in the fields of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Addiction Specialists, and Relationship Counselors. As we grow, more features and professionals to lend their expertise to the cause. The Courage Community offers an online network for those looking for peer support, professional help, reconnection to community, or just an understanding friend. Courage Community members can easily and immediately participate in our growing network by connecting with friends, uploading media, attending online seminars, posting blogs, and much, much more.

US Troop Support Foundation
-US Troop Support has been sending care packages and assisting families of all branches of Military since 2003. They have sent out more than 155,000 care packages. They currently have more than 7,600 troops on their list and it continues to grow.

-As a home away from home for the nationís troops, the USO has been lifting the spirits of service members and their families for more than 67 years. At more than 130 centers around the world, including centers in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, troops can relax, have free access to the Internet, compete in electronic games or watch a movie. New programs include USO2GO, by which individual packages of recreational equipment and other items are sent to forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan; and USOs In a Box, ruggedized transportable centers that can be placed in remote locations, providing the same kind of services available at our permanent centers. We provide USO Care Packages, prepaid international telephone cards and many other ways for military members and families to connect. One way is the United Through Reading Military Program, which allows deployed service members to videotape themselves reading books to the children in their lives.

Watering Seeds Organization
-Watering Seeds Organization (WSO) was created to provide recreational and athletic opportunities for physically challenged individuals. Through meaningful partnerships and special events, WSO raises awareness and funding to supply the necessary adaptive sports equipment, education, and training to help challenged athletes "Get off the Sidelines and into the Game!" In acknowledging the increasing number of amputees returning from the war overseas, WSO recognizes the importance of addressing and promoting the independence and rehabilitation of our wounded veterans.
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